Top Four Things To Look For In An Online Profile
by Michelle Graham
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Finding a winner in online dating sometimes feels like wandering through the labyrinth, hoping the Minotaur doesn’t attack. But it doesn’t all have to be such a mystery. It just takes a bit of practice to be able to look at a profile and know if that person is for you or not. Knowing what to look for can not only save you valuable time, it can save your emotions.
Here are four great signs that you’ve found the online dating profile of a possibly great person:
1. Snazzy photos
Just like a Facebook profile picture, the image someone chooses for an online dating profile says a ton about the kind of person he/she is. A good number of current, casual, non-Photoshopped photos is exactly what you want to see. Selfies in revealing clothing probably aren’t what you want if you are looking for a long-term relationship. People post pictures that correlate with their values, just like they will say things that reflect their inner heart (Luke 6:45).
2. Solid grammar and spelling
You don’t have to be an editor to recognize bad grammar choices. All it takes is a surface reading. Do the sentences sound well-put-together? Are there only a couple of misspellings? Missing one or two words is completely normal, but if there are more than ten massacred words or phrases, this person could be either A. Not a native English speaker B. A con-artist C. Someone who doesn’t actually care about online dating. This isn’t to say you should demand award-winning prose, but good writing in an online profile is usually a sign of a well-rounded person with good intentions.
A person who is serious about online dating – about really finding their match – will have a focused, direct profile. No fluff, no fancy boasts geared to catch the eye. Read closely, and even read between the lines if you can. You want to look for specific answers, not dating keywords. There are few people who don’t like walking on the beach, eating nice dinners, and going to cultural events like concerts or plays. Find a profile that gets deep into specifics and actually talks about bands they have seen live, movies they hate, or food they can’t live without. Everything you read should fit with the overall feel of the profile.
As believers, becoming equally yoked is essential. "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers...."(2 Corinthians 6:14, NIV). Therefore, spend a lot of time reading through the spiritual material in the person's profile. What's their faith history like, what's their favorite verse, how often do they go to church, how often do they mention Jesus in their other answers, etc. Slowing down to process their spiritual information and then investigating further through messages can help you glean tremendous amounts of information about their spiritual walk to decide if they are a legit believer activily walking with Christ.
About Michelle Graham: Michelle is a professional writer for ChristianCrush.com and has been writing with them for several years. Her clever wit and quick turn of a phrase will be sure to keep you interested in her articles, which are all geared towards the Christian online dating community.
What other great signs do you look for in an online dating profile?